According to government data, 14 Democrat-led states offer so much in welfare that residents are avoiding getting jobs.
Why work when the state pays you to stay home?
The data was published by the group Committee to Unleash Prosperity, which found that welfare payments have gone through the roof.
Per Just the News:
The writers — University of Chicago economics Professor Casey Mulligan and Heritage Foundation economics research fellow EJ Antoni — argue in the paper that in 14 states, “unemployment benefits and [Affordable Care Act] subsidies are the equivalent to a head of household earning $80,000 in salary, plus health insurance benefits.”
In three states — Washington, Massachusetts and New Jersey — the researchers found that unemployment benefits could top $100,000, with Washington offering $122,000 in payouts.
Speaking to Just the News, Mulligan noted that safety net and welfare programs functioned well in years past without disincentivizing real employment.
“For MANY years up to and including 2007, we had an extensive safety net without mass suffering etc. while encouraging work better than we do today,” he argued. “So a simple recommendation would be to roll back the federal programs to 2007, before the Obama and Biden administrations got a hold of them.”
In the wake of the coronavirus crisis,”the U.S. is ‘missing’ more than three million workers of working age that could be working and were working prior to Covid but are not today,” according to the Mulligan-Antoni paper.
The writers of the study added that the fastest way to reverse all this is to stop the welfare train and get more people back to work.